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The fractious issue of childhood vaccinations is back in the news in Ottawa after health officials here recorded the first case of measles since 2011. (And it’s amazing how little the whole subject has changed since I was a new parent well...
Catherine Loper of WRVO News is reporting: Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 20 percent of its workforce in an effort to increase efficiency and save money. Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the hospital is consolidating its critical...
In a slightly scary press release today, Adirondack Health says it’s taking precautions after a recent area outbreak of flu and flu-like illnesses by ” restricting visitors” to the Stafford New Life birthing center at Adirondack...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...
Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...


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Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.
Apr 18, 2014 — President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.


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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Communities That Care Idea Spreads to St. Lawrence County

A youth survey in 2001 showed high rates of alcohol use among students in 16 districts throughout St. Lawrence County. The survey was given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The results confirmed what local health officials basically knew already, that alcohol use and abuse is a continuing problem in the county. To address the risks of alcohol, drug and other teen problem behaviors, local representatives from human service agencies, law enforcement and education began training in the Communities That Care initiative. Martha Foley talks with Pam Whittet, Assistant Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and chairwoman of the Community Board.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number of serious accidents and deaths. More than 20 snowmobilers have died in New York--another 26 in Ottawa and Quebec. And four more in Vermont. High speed and alcohol are two main culprits. But in this final part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that children may be the most at risk.
Part 1 of series, Part 2 of series.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles & Alcohol: part 2 of a 3-part series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The North Country has seen a rash of serious accidents, sending dozens more people to the hospital. State officials say drunk riders cause too many of these crashes. Some in the sport say the snowmobile industry should end its long association with bars and alcohol. In this second part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that there's also a push to toughen laws that punish those who drink and ride.  Go to full article
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Snowmobiles & Reckless Speed: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The sport is wildly popular. Towns like Old Forge and Speculator see snowmobile tourism...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Flow of Pakistanis Slows, Detainments Continue

The flow of Pakistani refugees reaching the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh slowed over the weekend. Roughly fifty asylum seekers remain in shelters in Burlington and...  Go to full article

Commentary: A Window on Depression

It's not just the blues. Depression can knock a person flat, for weeks, or months, or longer. Commentator Paul Hetzler knows the darkness well, but has found a thread of...  Go to full article
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Spreading the Word on Burn Barrel Hazards

If you shop at a P&C supermarket, you may have noticed a new message on the plastic bags there. It says, "Please Don't Burn This Bag." The message is a part of an...  Go to full article

Web Exclusive: Helping Farms Reduce Burning

David Sommerstein talks with Dr. Lois Levitan of the Environmental Risk Analysis program at the Cornell Center for the Environment. This week she completed a report entitled...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing...  Go to full article

Pataki Budget Proposal Angers North Country Healthcare Leaders

The North Country's medical industry is reacting with anger to Governor Pataki's budget proposals, unveiled on Wednesday. Rural hospitals and nursing homes face a possible...  Go to full article

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